Dassey release ordered in 'Making a Murderer' case

MILWAUKEE — The federal judge who overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey in the case made famous by Making A Murderer ordered Monday that Dassey be freed from prison, under supervision, pending further court developments.

U.S. District Judge William Duffin issued the order.

Dassey, 27, has been in prison since being sentenced in 2007 to life in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer from St. John, Wis. Dassey's uncle, Steven Avery, also is serving a life sentence in the Manitowoc County murder.

It was not immediately clear whether Dassey would be released immediately or whether a release could be delayed if the State of Wisconsin appeals the order. A spokesman for state Attorney General Brad Schimel could not be reached for comment.

Under Duffin's order, Dassey would be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office.

Duffin reversed the conviction in August, ruling that Dassey's constitutional rights were violated based on the way Dassey, who was 16 at the time of the murder, was interrogated.

Dassey's conviction was based on a confession he gave to investigators working for the prosecution and to an investigator working for his first lawyer.

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